Enough Already! The Playboy Club Is Already Cancelled

By: Chris Mossman
By: Chris Mossman

NBC executives and affiliate stations have been bombarded by "cut & paste" e-mails urging us to cancel "The Playboy Club". The cut & paste crowd got their wish, not because of the e-mail barrage but because the ratings stunk. However, somebody isn't paying attention because we're still getting the e-mails.

NBC executives and affiliate stations have been bombarded by "cut & paste" e-mails urging us to cancel "The Playboy Club".  The cut & paste crowd got their wish, not because of the e-mail barrage but because the ratings stunk. However, somebody isn't paying attention because we're still getting the e-mails.


Ironically, we're now getting complaints from fans of the show who believe the network caved to the pressure.  Bottom line is that if the ratings aren't there, the program will be cancelled and something new will take its place.  In this case, it will be Brian Williams' new prime time news special.  I have high hopes for its success and I'm sure it will last more than three episodes.


Here's a copy of the e-mail I received last night about a program that was cancelled a week ago.



Dear NBC Network Affiliate,


Sexual exploitation is to be condemned, not programmed on network TV.


On behalf of my family and friends, and as viewer of NBC Universal, I am asking you to halt production of the upcoming series, “The Playboy Club.”


Idolizing hardcore porn king Hugh Hefner might be a suitable topic for a porn movie but I will keep that kind of trash out of my home.

Studies demonstrate that pornography leads to violence against women, sexual trafficking, addiction, destruction of families, and so much more harm.  This is documented on PornHarms.com.  Why would NBC promote such a destructive force?


This series is an affront to every female in America!  One of NBC’s affiliates in Utah has already announced that it will not be airing the show due to viewer complaints.


We appeal to our local NBC affiliate, NBC's executive leadership, and the Comcast Board of Directors & Audit Committee Chairman, as many of you have families and children yourselves. Would you want your young son or daughter, watching a TV show, idolizing Hugh Hefner with his sleazy attitude toward women?  The Playboy philosophy toward women is, “use them, abuse them, and discard them,” just like Hefner has with his girlfriends and wives.


Playboy, once equated with 'soft-core' pornography, has been distributing hardcore pornography on pay TV channels and the Internet for years. Distribution of hardcore pornography can be prosecuted under federal (Title 18 of the U.S. Code, Ch. 71, starting with section 1460) and state obscenity laws. The U.S. Department of Justice should have halted any distribution of Hefner's materials, but they have turned a blind eye to his illegal activities.


I appeal to all parents in NBC leadership.  How can you, as a parent support programming that does nothing more than objectify and sexually exploit women.  Is that appropriate treatment of your children?  Would you want your sons to imitate Hefner and his lifestyle?


I urge you to do the right thing for your children, my family, and for society.




Address Deleted

Waueksha WI, 53188


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  • by Julie Location: Ma on Oct 18, 2011 at 07:57 PM
    I can't believe the best new show of the fall was jut cancelled. I didn't grow up in that era but was ejoying everything about the show. It had great storyline. Day time Soaps have more sex in them. The Playboy Club was very tastfully done. It's not a trashy show like so many of them out there. I wish someone would reconsider. I was already addicted to it. :(
  • by Amanda Location: America on Oct 13, 2011 at 09:55 PM
    I am really appalled at the fact that these people are mad about a TV show...these women are not stripping, taking off their clothes and showing their "goodies" to the world. In my eyes this show is almost a documentry on what happened in history...with a little twist to the story. Ratings or complaints, seems to me that NBC has caved into the common "not appropriate for TV" jaberish rather that doing more advertisement for what might have been a hot show!!!
  • by Judy Voiselle Location: Panama City, Florida on Oct 12, 2011 at 05:37 PM
    I have never posted before but I just had to say something about the cancellation of The Playboy Club. I was so nice to be able to relive the time when I was a young person. I thought the plot was getting extremely interesting. The cast was wonderful! So sorry network executives are short sighted.
  • by lynn lockhart Location: norfolk England on Oct 10, 2011 at 08:12 PM
    this has just reaffirmed that americans really are so behind the times and conseravtive to the point of being abut 500 years behind the times....also...what are your "children" doing up at 10pm on a sunday school night ? and whats wrong with your remote...turn the station to another...what abunch of hypocritical bores you all are,
  • by CS Location: Atlanta, G on Oct 10, 2011 at 07:20 PM
    Mary, get a flipping life, really, don't watch it if you don't want to....do a cross word puzzle instead and leave the rest of us alone !!!
  • by Shelby on Oct 10, 2011 at 07:09 PM
    People are ignorant. Nobody is saying that way life is what you should aspire too and no son or daughter will grow into sleezy view of women because of a tv show. your young sons and daughters should be doing homework or sleeping. if you have that much doubt in your parenting skills then you should have had them! stupid stupid people! i thought the show was fast paced and so entertaining which is exactly what its supposed to be. it kept me coming back for more! mistake!
  • by Michelle Location: Palm Springs, CA on Oct 10, 2011 at 06:06 PM
    I can't believe that The Playboy Club is being canceled. I,for one, thought that it was a great program and depicts what it was like for "our generation" growing up in the 50's and 60's to see what it was like in our parent's generation...About how the "mob" controlled most people's way of life. It shows what it was like for our parents growing up. Everyone thinks that it is "pornographic" in nature, but it isn't and should be shown. I did not see anything exploytive and you see MUCH worse on our beaches and in everyday life. I would really like you to reconsider showing this show. I think it had "class" and showed us what living in the 30's,40's,50's & 60's was really like. I for one liked the show and am sorry to see it go. I will not watch it's replacement.
  • by Caitlin Location: Melbourne, FL on Oct 10, 2011 at 05:59 PM
    Disappointed to see the playboy club was not aired tonight. I did not realize that it had been canceled. It was one of the few shows i've seen that i looked forward to watching.
  • by Pam Location: IL on Oct 10, 2011 at 03:49 PM
    If people don't like the show then don't watch it, There are many of us who did like it and hate seeing it being canceled. We can't have kiddie shows on 24/7. I am an adult and enjoy mature shows not a bunch of stupid crap or comedy's that aren't even funny.
  • by Ruben Location: Las Vegas, NV on Oct 10, 2011 at 03:35 PM
    This was a great show with a great story line. I don't see were the "porn content" came in.. I saw all three episodes and saw no nudity at all. C'mon peope, there are way worse shows out there. Plus, what is your kid doing up so late anyways? Aren't you supposed to be the one controlling what your kids watch on tv..? Shame on NBC for cancelling this great show. I hope another network picks it up.
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